Today we have a picture of Jesus that is not all warm and fuzzy. In today’s passage He is giving it to the Pharisees. I think in our minds we usually cheer Jesus on in this type of scenario. It is almost like the new kid on the block stood u to the bully and all around cheer him on. This direct and confrontational Jesus is alright until we realize that He is talking to us as well.
Hypocrite? Me? Hold on a minute Jesus! Theft? Murder? Adultery? Surely not. Greed? Envy? Arrogance? Well, I can explain. Can’t I? No, I really cannot. Jesus is right. At times what is within me is not so good. Those unkind thoughts and words that sometimes come out of me are not so beautiful and loving. Jesus is right.
One cannot explain sin away. All one can do is to come before Jesus, to kneel down, and to offer up our confession and repentance. The good news is that Jesus does not expect perfection. He knows we will stumble and even fall at times. It is not His desire for us but He did walk this earth. Although Jesus was without sin, He certainly felt pain and sorrow and other human emotions. Jesus saw firsthand the battle that rages in every human heart.
We are guilty as charged. Sinners one and all. But, thanks be to God, our story does not end here. Confession and repentance leads to forgiveness and restoration. Through grace we are made new again, pure and clean and worthy to call Jesus Christ our friend. We are humbled by our failures. But love alway wins. The love of God made known through Jesus is an unending gift that is always given to al who draw near to Christ. This love came to save one and all. Praise God.
Scripture reference: Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, and 21-23